The FIDO Alliance
The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance was formed in July 2012 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication devices as well as the problems users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords.
The FIDO Alliance is changing the nature of authentication by developing specifications that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that supplant reliance on passwords to securely authenticate users of online services. These new standards for devices and browser plugins will allow any website or mobile application to leverage a broad variety of existing and future FIDO-enabled devices that the user has for online security.
FIDO Alliance Mission Statement
The Mission of the FIDO Alliance is to change the nature of online authentication by:
- Developing technical specifications that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that reduce the reliance on passwords to authenticate users.
- Operating industry programs to help ensure successful worldwide adoption of the specifications.
- Submitting mature technical specification(s) to recognized standards development organization(s) for formal standardization.
As of June 2017, the FIDO Alliance has more than 250 members, representing the different areas of the computing ecosystem - silicon and secure element chipset manufacturers, device manufacturers of both smartphones and PCs, browser and operating system vendors and a wide variety of authentication providers - covering biometrics, wearables, hardware tokens and other modalities. in addition to this, the FIDO Alliance also has many of the world’s largest online service providers, ensuring that the views of the consumers of authentication products are well represented.
The FIDO Alliance Board of Directors consists of Alibaba Group, ARM, Bank of America, CrucialTec, Discover, Egis Technology, Google, IdentityX, ING Bank, Intel, Lenovo, MasterCard, Microsoft, Nok Nok Labs, NTT DOCOMO, NXP, Oberthur Technologies, PayPal, Qualcomm, RSA, Samsung, Synaptics, USAA, Visa and Yubico.
The FIDO Alliance has produced two sets of specifications - Universal Authentication Framework (UAF) and Universal 2nd Factor (U2F), and full information on both of these specifications is available on the FIDO website Specifications section. Products wishing to leverage these specifications can submit to a certification process in order to show compliance with the FIDO protocols and interoperability with solutions from other FIDO members. Information and a full list of certified products can be found here.
Nok Nok Labs is a founding member of the FIDO Alliance, and is proud to support its objectives. The Nok Nok Authentication Server and the Nok Nok App SDKs are FIDO Certified™ solutions for the FIDO UAF, U2F, and FIDO2 protocol. Nok Nok provides testing infrastructure used in FIDO certification to ensure conformance with the Universal Authentication Framework (UAF) and Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) specifications.